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Kaneko Co. Ltd.
IndustryVideo games
Defunctca. 2007
HeadquartersTokyo, Japan

Kaneko Seisakusho (金子製作所), also referred to as Kaneko Co. Ltd. (カネコ株式会社), was a Japanese video game publisher founded in Suginami, Tokyo, Japan by Hiroshi Kaneko. It published a number of games both under its brand and other companies, such as Air Buster, Nexzr, Shogun Warriors, DJ Boy, Guts'n, and the Gals Panic series. Although most of the games that Kaneko produced were standard arcade fare, they also earned a degree of notoriety for both DJ Boy (for its reputedly racist plot and negative stereotyping) and the Gals Panic series (the games often containing softcore pornography).

The last game released by the company was Gals Panic S3 for the arcade in 2002.


The company began business as developer, manufacturer, vendor, trader of electronic machines, and manufacturing medical equipment.

In 1982, it began its video game business as a developer of Taito Corporation's video games.

In 1990, Kaneko began to make its own video game under the KANEKO brand.

In Summer 1994, Kaneko closed its US branch and cancelled game projects such as Fido Dido and Socks the Cat Rocks the Hill.

In April 2000, Kaneko went through financial restructuring, and exited video game business except for maintenance department. The company was moved to Shibuya, Tokyo.

In July 25, 2001, Kaneko filed a lawsuit against Hitachi Software Engineering over the Super Kaneko NOVA System arcade board, and demanded 1.52 billion yen for damages.[1]

On August 12, 2004, Kaneko filed for bankruptcy. However, the company's founder, Hiroshi Kaneko, vowed to continue.[2]

In 2006, a civil lawsuit threatened to officially close the company.[3] As of September 2007 the fate of the company is unknown, though assumed no longer existent.

Developed arcade games[edit]

Taito games[edit]

  • Fighting Roller (Published and distributed by Williams as Roller Aces in the USA.)
  • Samurai Nipponichi (Published and distributed by Magic Electronics as Samurai in the USA.)
  • Kageki (Published and distributed by Romstar in the USA.)
  • Kabuki Z
  • Jump Coaster
  • Super Qix (Published and distributed by Romstar in the USA.)
  • Dr. Topple's Adventure
  • Gals Panic (Japan)

Kaneko games[edit]

Electro Design games[edit]

Developed home games[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ カネコ損害賠償請求事件
  4. ^ "Fly-Boy - Videogame by Kaneko".

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